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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-07-22

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM meets with former US President Clinton
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines on Sunday
  • [03] Greek budget deficit down to 12.477 bln euros in H1
  • [04] Report: Greek insurance market has major growth potential

  • [01] PM meets with former US President Clinton

    AMNA/ Prime minister Antonis Samaras met privately on Sunday with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is in Athens on a lightning visit, and afterwards were joined by members of the Greek coalition government and prominent Greek American entrepreneurs for a broadened discussion.

    The 45-minute meeting between the two men focused on the state of the Greek economy and ways of finding solutions.

    Samaras told Clinton that the new Greek government will proceed immediately with the needed deep-rooted changes and reforms, pointing out that Greece is currently going through an unprecedented crisis and was already in the fight year of recession. He also noted that the target is to boost recovery with the support of the Greek people, and stressed that strong leadership and faith in the people are needed in order for the problems to be solved.

    Calling Clinton a friend of Greece, Samaras thanked him for his participation in the effort of Greek American businessmen for the establishment of a Fund that will promote developmental actions in Greece.

    Clinton is in Athens for a few hours to address an event organised by a group of prominent Greek American, through the Hellenic Initiative Program backed by Diaspora business executives, lawyers, scientists and others, aiming at the establishment of a Fund that will promote foreign investments in Greece.

    The former US President, in turn, said that he believes in Greece's future, adding that he considers Greece a rich country, rich in resources, and congratulate the new Greek coalition government, adding that all over the world, when there are problems people must work together.

    He also praised the government's reform efforts.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines on Sunday

    AMNA/

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The new package of measures, the imminent return of the Troika to Athens and the forced reopening, by prosecutor's order of the Hellenic Steel Industry (Elliniki Halyvourgia) plant at Aspropyrgos where workers have been on strike for nine months were the main front-page items in Athens' Sunday newspapers).

    AVGHI: "The Samaras-Venizelos-Kouvelis co-governance with the eyes of the Troika".

    AVRIANI: "Up to the neck in graft - 1,000 big names in public life".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The proposals for the new Middle-Term Programme - Package bomb of 6 billion euros in cutbacks".

    ETHNOS: "The black list - The 255 state agencies that are closing".

    EPOCHI: "The 'renegotiation' with MAT (riot police) against strikers".

    EXPRESS: "Restructure of penal code for tax violations".

    KATHIMERINI: "The first five big targets for growth".

    KERDOS: "Lighter tax-penalties in order to bring money to the state".

    LOGOS: "The arrangements being advanced for the overindebted households".

    NIKI: "The 10 'commandments' that will save your money".

    PROTO THEMA: "The state withdrawing from basic services - Tax offices to go to private concerns".

    REALnews: "Loony bin - DEKO (public utilities) managements 'forgot' to reduce salaries and ministers 'forgot' to audit them and continue to subsidize them".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Primary healthcare to the benefit of the people".

    TO ARTHRO: "Will PM Samaras uproot the parasitic State?"

    TO PARON: "Greece could collect 12.5 billion euros in taxes from Greeks' deposits in Swiss banks".

    TO VIMA: "The Troika is coming, pensions are going".

    VRADYNI: "The opportunities and traps for those who retire this year".

    [03] Greek budget deficit down to 12.477 bln euros in H1

    AMNA/

    Greece's state budget deficit fell to 12.477 billion euros in the first half of 2012, from a budget target shortfall of 14.878 billion euros, while the budget recorded a primary deficit of 3.317 billion euros, from a budget target for a primary deficit of 5.267 billion euros, the finance ministry said on Friday.

    A ministry statement said that net budget revenues fell to 23.191 billion euros, reflecting lower income tax receipts and lower transaction taxes.

    The Public Investment Programme's revenues totaled 1.503 billion euros in the January-June period, down from a budget target of 1.913 billion euros, reflecting payment delays from community funds. State budget spending fell to 35.668 billion euros in the first six months of the year, down 3.964 billion euros from budget targets.

    [04] Report: Greek insurance market has major growth potential

    AMNA/ Only 8.0 pct of the Greek population has any form of private insurance policy, a report by MRB Hellas said on Friday. The report confirmed that the private insurance sector has great prospects of development, with life insurance policies lagging significantly in the country.

    The report showed that the 18-24 age group (7.7 pct of total) has the smallest percentage of private insurance, while the 35-44 and 45-54 age groups had the highest percentage rates (31.7 pct and 27 pct, respectively).

    Athens has the largest share of insurance companies' clients, while their profile shows that they are married and have a monthly income of more than 1,500 euros. The most popular form of private insurance policy was car insurance, house insurance, healthcare and life insurance. MRB Hellas conducts its survey based on international standards every month except August.


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